After eight successful editions, on Saturday 29 June, the ninth Open Garden Day will take place in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. Utrecht’s best-kept secrets are hidden behind the façades and gates of the city center: oases of tranquillity, green and (garden) architecture. During this event, more than 50 fascinating private and municipal gardens will open their doors to the public, in addition to some gardens owned by other institutions. Open Garden Day has become an annual tradition, visited by approximately 1500 people. The Utrecht Open Garden Day provides those interested with the wonderful once-only opportunity to see special gardens which are closed the rest of the year. Behind the historic walls of the Utrecht city center are beautiful gardens which normally remain hidden. Each garden that will open its doors on the Utrecht Open Garden Day has its own very distinct character.
With a wide variety of design, some gardens have special sculptures and most provide a wonderful view of the surrounding buildings. In addition to private gardens, the program includes quadrangles of medieval churches, inner courtyards of museums and almshouses and many more locations of historic interest, for example, the cathedral’s (Domchurch) Pandhof and the formal garden with its long pond behind the house at Zuilenstraat 5. It is possible to visit several new gardens again this year: the private garden behind the eclectic villa at Maliebaan 7, with a pergola walkway, several gardens on the Nieuwegracht, such as number 159 and a roof garden above the shops of Hoog Catharijne (Vredenburgplein entrance). The Utrecht Open Garden Day is a wonderful summer day excursion and the numerous Utrecht places of interest are all within walking distance from each other, and the program includes various restaurants and cafés with a garden. The Utrecht Open Garden Day is a surprising experience in the historic city center. During the Open Garden Day Utrecht you can visit the participating gardens between 10 am and 5 pm on presentation of a passe-partout. The program booklet received with the passe-partout contains a description of the locations and a map with walking routes. Utrecht Open Garden Day passes to all of the participating gardens are available on the day itself at The VVV (Tourist Information) Utrecht, Domsquare 9-10, in Museum Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38 and Grand Hotel Karel V, entrance via the Springweg (opposite to Springhaver theatre).